09-25-2013, 02:52 PM
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He is not a machine that goes by pressing the gas pedal. He went "easy" for barrels and poles because he saw a purpose in those. He knew what it was all about and wanted to run becuase there is a goal and a purpose in the game and in the rider. Horses really pick up on that and will through their energy behind that.
If you are just riding him in the arena, he probably does not see any purpose to going around and around. Maybe one thing you could do is put some cones out and work at hurring down to them, around then and off to the next one, and make them farther and farther apart so that it become less of a shadow of barrels and more of just going forward in the arena, because the rider said so.
Also, you may have to be a bit more insistent than you are used to with barrels or poles, for the reasons stated above.